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Saturday, Dec. 28


Raven’s Nest pantry opens


Raven’s Nest Food Pantry at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Hill Street, will open Saturday, Dec. 28, from 8-9:30 a.m. or until all the food has been given away. Food will be given away on a first come, first-served basis. Participants must bring a picture identification, according to a news release.


Monday, Dec. 30


Youth to assist at Neighbor to Neighbor


The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Neighbor to Neighbor, 1406 S. Pine St. Youth will serve participants at the center and perform other assigned duties. Details: Lawrence Fikes, pinebluffarea@arcf.org, Mattie Collins, kencol1@msn.com or Glenn Freeman, gfreema@suddenlink.net. Kaitlyn Peterson serves as YAC president, according to a news release.


Military, veterans museum board to meet


The Pine Bluff Military and Veterans Museum board will hold the final meeting of the year at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, in room 202 of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St. The revised location is for this meeting only, according to a news release. The main topics will be officers for the coming year, membership, budget and other financial issues. Details: Jack Jones, 692-6400, or Kar Lynn Roberts, 247-2836.


Tuesday, Dec. 31


Gould city meetings to be held


Gould city government meetings will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Gould City Hall. At 1 p.m., a budget meeting for the city of Gould will be held. At 3 p.m., the water and sewer department/commission will meet. Meetings are open to the public. Details: Gould Mayor Matthew Smith, 870-263-4416.


Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 31


Agencies announce New Year’s closing dates


Several agencies will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2020. Jefferson County Courthouse and related offices — closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 2. Pine Bluff City Hall — closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 2. White Hall City Hall — closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. Altheimer City Hall — closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. Arkansas State offices — closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. Waste Management — closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. Pine Bluff Commercial — offices will close by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas — The agency’s main office, the Strachota Senior Center and SEAT (Southeast Arkansas Transportation) will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. SEAT will be transporting dialysis and cancer patients on those days.


Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020


NAACP to host Emancipation Proclamation service


The Pine Bluff branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Emancipation Proclamation Program at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, 224 N. Cypress St. The theme is Advancing the Fight for the Dream. Retired Judge Berlin Jones will be the featured speaker, according to a news release.


Pine Bluff Commercial sets church news deadline


Church news is printed in The Commercial on Friday and the deadline to submit church announcements is noon Wednesday. Articles may be submitted by email to pbcnews@pbcommercial.com, faxed to 870-534-0113, mailed to P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611, or hand delivered to 300 S. Beech St. Area pastors or associate pastors may also submit columns for the Devotional Page by emailing the article and a photo. Photos may also accompany church news by email.


Through Thursday, Jan. 2


Junior Leadership Pine Bluff applications available


Applications for the 2020 Junior Leadership Pine Bluff class are available at the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. The deadline to apply is Jan. 2 and the first session is Jan. 16 at the Alliance/Chamber, according to the Chamber newsletter. Initiated by the Leadership Pine Bluff Alumni Association, the Junior Leadership Pine Bluff program gives high school students an overview of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, focusing on local government, education, economic development, quality of life and social skills. Details: The Chamber, 870-535-0110 or mandy@jeffersoncountyalliance.com.


Friday, Jan. 3


Dumas to host 2020 Tri-State Soybean Forum Jan. 3


Soybean growers who faced weather-ravaged crops in the 2019 season will hear guidance for production and marketing decisions, during the 2020 Tri-State Soybean Forum, at Dumas Friday, Jan. 3. The free session will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the Dumas Community Center, according to a news release. Details: Ashley County extension office, 870-853-2080.


Beginning Sunday, Jan. 5


Pine Bluff Art League announces events


The Pine Bluff Art League invites artists to attend a draw-from-life demonstration by Rison resident Crystal Jennings from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan 5. The meeting will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. Attendance is free and refreshments will be served. The art league will host a draw-from-life workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Reynols Center, featuring Jennings as the instructor. The cost is $20 for nonmembers and nominal to members. To register for the Jan. 25 event, checks should be made to the Pine Bluff Art League, c/o Dell Gorman, 6609 Twin Oaks Lane, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603. Details: PBAL President Claudia Spainhour, mediapinebluffartleague@gmail.com or 870-718-1058.


Saturday, Jan. 11


Gillett Coon Supper, Berry reception set


The 77th Gillett Coon Supper and the Berry Pre-Coon Supper Reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at Gillett. The reception, which raises money for the Marion and Carolyn Berry Scholarship, will be held at the Berry Farm Shop at 3:30 p.m. followed by the coon supper at the Gillett School Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m., according to a news release. Reception tickets are $30 each. Sponsorships are available for $1,000 and $500. Coon supper tickets are $25. For ticket information, contact Larry Bauer at 870-548-2859 or 870-830-4002, or write to P.O. Box 577, Gillett, AR 72055. For program information contact Chad Philipp at 870-509-0413 or 870-548-2228. All tickets will be available at the door. For details about becoming a sponsor, contact Becky Campbell, 501-912-7560, Gabe Holmstrom, 479-409-3329, or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/529914057848994/.


Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15


Arts center announces board meetings


The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Board of Trustees will meet on the on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m., according to a news release. Meeting dates include: Jan. 15 — new board orientation, 4 p.m. for full board; Feb. 19 — full board; March 18 — executive committee; April 15 — full board; May 20 — executive committee; June 17 — full board; July 15 — executive committee; Aug. 19 — full board; Sept. 16 — executive committee; Oct. 21 — full board; Nov. 18 — executive committee; and Dec. 16 full board.


Monday, Jan. 20


Superintendents to lead KingFest parade at Pine Bluff


Superintendents of three Pine Bluff school districts will serve as grand marshals for the 37th annual Original KingFest™ Parade/March at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, beginning at Third Avenue and Walnut Street. The event honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The grand marshals will be Superintendents Barbara Warren of Dollarway School District, Jerry Guess of Watson Chapel School District and Jeremy Owoh of Pine Bluff School District, according to a news release from Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration (PBICVR) Inc. The parade/marade line up time will be 1 p.m. at Third Avenue at Walnut Street, proceeding east on Third Avenue to Convention Center Drive to the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The deadline for parade applications is Thursday, Jan. 16. Applications can be filled out Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the PBICVR office, 211 W. Third Ave., Suite 109, of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building. For applications, contact Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383; Pelida Norris, 870-692-8579; or by email to pbicvr@aol.com.


Friday, Jan. 24


Chamber’s Annual Dinner set


The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is planning the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. The formal event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Seating will be limited. Tickets are $60 each or $600 for a table of eight people. Limited sponsorships are available. Details: Lynette Bloomberg, 870-535-0110.